Castle Rock Pinot Noir 2023


Castle Rock and Rob Diletti may have established a stellar record for their wonderful Rieslings but it would be a mistake to ignore their Pinots. They rank at the very pinnacle of West Aussie Pinot Noir. The vines providing the fruit for this vintage are between eight and thirty seven years of age. A seven day cold soak, barrel fermentation and maturation for ten months in a combination of new and older French oak barriques and puncheons, a quarter of the oak new and 15% of the grapes whole bunches. Cherry red in colour, this exhibits an attractive, youthful and quite sappy nose. Notes of undergrowth, warm earth, fresh beetroot, red fruits and bay leaves. A fine line of vibrant acidity, there is grip here, and serious length. The wine retains intensity for its entire length, finishing with sleek tannins. Still very young, it will provide pleasure for the next five to six years.